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OzTiVo — Toys, Tools, Hacks

by Warren Toomey, Dennis Boylan, Michael Edwards and Keith Wilkinson


The TiVo disk-based video recorder is not only one of the most innovative of consumer products, but also one of the most hackable consumer products.  Designed for the U.S. market, TiVo Inc. has never supported the TiVo in Australia.  This is the story of how several hackers in Australia and elsewhere reverse-engineered the TiVo’s operation, how they modified it for Australian conditions, and how they have been able to make the device friendly to non-hackers.

Warren Toomey, Dennis Boylan, Michael Edwards, Keith Wilkinson

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